Friday, April 23, 2010

Radiant Energy (Part One)

Earth Day awareness comes every April 22, but you can live cleaner and more efficiently year around with today’s technology. In most cases, even becoming more economical as new inventions and discoveries happen continuously.

Nothing says free energy more than what was once called radiant energy now best known as solar energy. Hear are some examples of the benefits of using natural radiant power from the sun. Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity

The Solar Shingle.

The concept of solar shingles is not a totally a new idea, but it is slowly catching on as an alternative power source. Dow Chemical Company has designed a new roof shingle that doubles as a solar panel. Dow Solar Solutions (DSS) and its revolutionary Powerhouse Solar Shingle have incorporated a low-cost, thin-film photovoltaic cells integrated next to traditional asphalt shingles. Photovoltaic Systems

What makes this new solar shingle outshine the others? The Photovoltaic shingles (SHR) innovative design will cost up to 15% less than traditional solar panels, greatly reducing installation cost as both solar generating and conventional roofing shingles are installed simultaneously by roofing contractors. Photovoltaics: Design and Installation Manual

Dow will make available in limited quantities of the SHR by mid-2010 and expected to be more generally available in 2011 to the public. Dow expects the revenue to be in the billions by 2020 and this ground-breaking solar-electric technology will be an enormous benefit to homeowners who want to produce cost saving electricity, and “go green“ with their home. Generating clean solar electricity is the wave of the future.

Botanical Air Purifier

There are many so called “air purifiers” out there, but what about an all natural one? Taken from NASA research and later perfected enough to win the Popular Science Invention Award, this tiny device harnesses a plant’s natural ability to remove toxins in the air. This amazing botanical air purifier uses the common house plant’s phytoremediation capabilities to remove household volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as other toxins from adhesives, carpets, paint, and formaldehyde.

Everyone wants clean air for their homes and this device certainly delivers a healthy alternative way to absorb toxins right out of the air. The botanical air purifier is design to work with any houseplant, but a recommended list is included. The plants that work best for drawing air toxins is the Aloe, Peace Lily, Madagascar Dragon Tree, and the Spider Plant. Aloe Vera Handbook: The Acient Egyption Medicine Plant

How does it really work? The purifier and plant work in unison by absorbing the toxins by way of a specially ingenuous fan that draws in ambient air toxins and circulates them around the plant's leaves and roots, which then absorb and metabolize the toxins. This greatly increases the fresh air count and dramatically decreases the air pollution from the surrounding air. An easily removal tray is at the base of the purifier for watering and taking care of the plant.

Le Laboratoire Paris conducted a study on the botanical air purifier and found that it reduces certain chemicals faster than traditional air filtration systems. Extensive testing has proven that the botanical air purifier is quite superior to reducing toxins up to 10 times faster than a traditional air filtration system. This is a wonderful device for removing VOCs in the home or workplace for obtaining fresher, cleaner, and more natural air from plants. The botanical air purifier can be used in any size room. ($199.95) ANDREA: Plant-based Air Purifier (White)



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